ED Magedson – Founder
Government Grant Department233 North Michigan Avenue, Bldg. 200 Chicago, Illinois United States of America
I received a phone call (caller ID "unavailable") 12/15/2010 saying I was to receive a $7,000.00 grant from the "Government Grant Department" as a reward for paying my taxes on time over the years. The caller had a heavy Indian or Pakistani accent and identified himself as "Jeff Wilson". I questioned the grant and my obligations on the use of the money and was told that many people were receiving this and there were no obligations. I would be called back by another agent to confirm where in my community I was to go to receive my money. I was further told that I should bring a valid photo ID and $199.00 "Security Deposit" which would be immediately refunded to me along with my grant money, and the whole process would take only about 15 minutes. I checked the "Government Grant Department" out on "Ripoff Report" and "Snopes" and found numerous scam reports. I have not received a call back, perhaps they figured that I was suspicious due to my line of questioning. I hope this is of help to others receiving similar offers (scams).
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 12/16/2010 11:11 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Government-Grant-Department/Chicago-Illinois-60601/Government-Grant-Department-Jeff-Wilson-Telephone-call-offering-700000-Grant-for-199-672254. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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